What We Love
- A boutique stay in London's charming neighborhood of Little Venice, with breakfastFeeling regal among the Victorian-style room furnishings
- Reaching the peace of Regent’s Canal and Regent’s Park in minutes
- Satisfying your cravings for hearty English food in The Colonnade’s restaurant
What To Know
- Located just a minute's walk away from the Warwick Avenue tube station (with access to the Bakerloo Line)
- Depending on your room type, some lodgings can be cramped
- WiFi reception can be iffy
- You'll likely be greeted by the hotel cat upon arrival
In rather a grand building in charming Little Venice – a tranquil canal area in the West London – The Colonnade is a real gem of a boutique hotel, with opulent rooms decorated in rich crimson, deep greens and gold. Adding an even more regal touch, the hotel is just a short walk from the tree-lined Regent’s Canal and Regent’s Park, one of London’s most beautiful green spaces.
The rooms are dreamily filled with dark, antique wood furniture, gold-framed pictures of Grecian urns, elegant lampshades and dramatic thick curtains. The beds, some four-poster, are accordingly “wrapped” in Egyptian cotton. This is a place where you can expect to feel utterly pampered, Queen Victoria-style.
And, speaking of royal service, if you need any assistance maximizing your London stay, the concierge service is on hand to ensure your calendar is chock-full of theater trips, West End musicals and more.
How to Get There
I read the previous TripAdvisor reviews and was really worried about our reservation turning out to be a bad experience. To be honest, there are quite some points for improvement. (rubbish bin un-emptied, used drinking glass in our room) but the room was nice. There was some confusion about our reservation included breakfast or not, but was soon cleared up.
We were there for just one night, so can overlook these small issues, but wouldn't want to stay for more than a night or two, as the room (49) was quite small.
The hotel is in a great location, and the lift is fantastic.
I would strongly recommend that you are not taken in by the misleading and frankly exaggerated descriptors of this hotel. It really is to be avoided on so many levels not least cleanliness, maintenance, general shabiness, unpleasant smells, outdated furniture, mould in shower, hairs in sink, see through toilet paper so cheap..,, I can’t begin to describe the experience. The staff did their best. The manager was rude. AVOID
The Colonnade is not one of the swish new hotels, not a Premier Inn etc etc. It has its own identity and feeling. Comfortable cosy lounge with soft sink into sofas. Quirky rooms with varios themes. Our room was quiet, cosy and clean, Comfortable beds, bathroom was small but adequate. There is an amazing old lift to transport you upstairs too. The staff were wonderful, nothing too much trouble. A good selection at breakfast, everything you would expect from a London Hotel. The pastries and croissants were particularly tasty. It is within easy walking distance of Paddington Station and only a couple of minute from the Underground. Quite a few restaurants within 5/10 minute stroll by the canal and Little Venice.
I seriously do not know where to start..from checking in to leaving was a terrible experience! The owner greeted us and was not only rude to staff but to customers also! We have lost money as could not stay any longer. It was dirty, staff were friendly but had no idea about customer service. We actually had someone walk in our room after a smoke detector went off, we were in bed at the time and they just walked in after the alarm had stopped. Faulty Towers would have enough material to make several shows from this hotel! I cannot emphasis enough what a waste of money this place is! Every time we walked through reception someone was there complaining, I felt sorry for the front desk, they dare not ask as people checked out how their stay was!!
I have stayed at the Colonnade over a period of years. This was an unsettling experience.
I had pre-paid and was still asked to pay a deposit. On the booking sheet it indicated 2 people were staying when clearly it was just me. I was left to find the Captain's room which was tiny and had a bed up a ladder ( I am agile but I am a 62 yr old woman). Two of the three main lights were not working. So with just a picture light working below the bed, I was unable to read. I did not seek help as I did not trust the staff.
I had prepaid for a meal which I could not eat. I was then asked to pay for it again. During the meal I witnessed the owner bullying the bar staff. When I repaired to my room I saw him treat the reception staff in the same way.
I left foregoing my breakfast - could not get out fast enough.
This was probably my sixth stay in a place I had treasured for refined elegance and gentle luxury.